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Clarke Historical Library

October 2016

New Exhibit Now Showing

It is the thick of election season and the Clarke has pulled from our rich collection of presidential campaign biographies stretching back nearly 200 years to produce an interesting and enlightening exhibition. Rather than focus on those upon whom we bestowed the title, "President," we have instead highlighted the stories of those who vied for the highest office in America, but were not elected. Every election, there is one winner and a host of others ? some remembered and some not ? who threw their hat in the ring only to come up short. View campaign materials, including texts, ephemera, and autographs of those who have not been one of the 44 who have held the highest office in the land.

Clarke Native Treaties Traveling Exhibit

If you are interested in viewing the Clarke?s traveling Native Treaties exhibit, you have several great opportunities from now through the end of the year to view the travelling component of the exhibit. From October 15-30, the exhibit will be at the Mackinaw District Library in Mackinaw City and from November 5-20, you can catch the exhibition at the Cromaine District Library in Hartland and the Library of Michigan in Lansing. For a complete list of the institutions hosting the exhibit from now through December 11, take a look at our list of partners available via this link.

The Native Treaties ? Shared Rights exhibit is made possible thanks in part to a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

Clarke Speaker Series

Dr. Richard Stamps The Clarke has two great talks coming later this month:

On Tuesday, October 18, Thom Bell will air his documentary, "Hoax or History: The Michigan Relics." Over 100 years ago, several thousand ancient looking clay, slate, and copper tablets were discovered in mounds located throughout rural Michigan. These tablets were inscribed with a mixture of writing styles: Egyptian hieroglyphs, Greek, and cuneiform symbols. Controversy over the authenticity of the Michigan Relics continues to this day.

The following day, on Wednesday, October 19, Dr. Richard Stamps (pictured) will discuss his research into the authenticity of the relics. Stamps, a retired archaeologist from Oakland University, will add his insights as an excellent complement to Bell?s documentary. Both presentations are made possible by the John and Audrey Cumming Endowment.

These events, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7:00 pm in the Park Library Auditorium and will be followed by a reception in the Clarke.

DigMichNews Grant Now Accepting Applications

For the fourth consecutive year, the Clarke is sponsoring a grant to digitize and make available on-line several thousand pages of one lucky Michigan community?s historical newspapers. Thanks to the support of the Robert and Susan Clarke Endowment, the Clarke can offer $2,500 for the scanning and uploading of 10,000 pages of previously microfilmed newspapers or the microfilming, scanning, and uploading of 4,000 pages of paper issues.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 4. Five finalists will be chosen later in November and, in January, a massive postcard and Twitter public voting campaign will be held to select the 2017 DigMichNews Grant recipient.

For more information, to see the examples of proposals from previous finalists and winners, and to download an application, visit the DigMichNews Grant webpage. If you have any questions about the DigMichNews Grant or the microfilming and newspaper reformatting services offered by the Clarke, e-mail

Historical Soo Locks Images Now Available On-Line

Image 1188 Historians, students, hobbyist researchers, and general fans of the Soo Locks and Great Lakes shipping now have access to some of the best primary source images known to exist. The Clarke Historical Library is pleased to announce the availability of over 1,700 images of the construction of the Soo Locks dating from circa 1885 to 1941. Through a freely accessible, keyword-searchable database, anyone in the world can now view digital copies of images that document over 50 years of construction, testing, and operation of this outstanding engineering feat that has been a boon to the economy of the Great Lakes states and America. To access this database, visit

The images, which were digitized from the original glass photographic plates, show various stages of the construction of the now-closed Third (Davis) and Fourth (Sabin) Locks. These stages include surveying the St. Marys River, excavation of earth to form the Locks, construction of the walls that form the lock chambers, installation of mechanical devices and the lock gates, ships passing through operational Locks, and much more...even the extent of damage of the occasional accident!

Before being scanned and digitally preserved, the images were housed at the US Army Corps of Engineers Soo Area Office in Sault Ste. Marie. Since being digitized, the original glass plates have been transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration, Still Pictures Unit in College Park, Maryland. For more information about the digital images or to request high-resolution copies of any particular image(s), please contact the Clarke ( or 989-774-3864)

New Digital Collections Website is Now Live

At the beginning of the academic year, the Clarke and the CMU Libraries switched from our old CONDOR site to a new and improved CMU Libraries Digital Collections site ( This site currently features five fantastic collections of digitized resources that are freely available to anyone with an internet connection. They include: The holdings of the CMU Digital Collections will continue to grow and bring you the best resources we have to offer including local Michigan newspapers, historic CMU documents, scholarly works produced by CMU faculty and students, and much more. If you have web links or bookmarks pointing to specific documents in the old CONDOR system, those links may be broken. Make sure to update your links and bookmarks in order to have quick access to the bevy of excellent resources in the CMU Digital Collections. Contact the Clarke if you have any questions about the new Digital Collections databases.

New on the Clarke's Social Media

The Clarke News and Notes blog featured some interesting posts recently. Marian Matyn wrote about various materials that have recently been acquired by the Clarke including a Detroit Tigers scrapbook from 1940-41, the addition of three historical ambrotype photographs to a collection of letters from a soldier in the Civil War, and an addition to our collection of nomination dossiers of candidates for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the prestigious biennial literary awards given by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

Clarke?s social media channels have been busy too. Take a look at recent images we posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages. We shared a postcard of the Olds Motor Works in Lansing to celebrate Labor Day, the cover of the 1897 Central Michigan Normal School course catalog, the earliest course catalog at the Clarke, a postcard showing rough waters battering the pier at Grand Haven (pictured), and a photo of famed illustrator Arthur Rackham in celebration of the 149th anniversary of his birth.

There is a lot to look forward to in October with CMU athletics in full swing, great opportunities for images of fall colors from throughout Michigan, and Halloween! Throughout October, we will be joining other libraries and archives across the U.S. and the world in Page Frights, a celebration of the spooky, scary, and macabre found in libraries and archives. Check out the #PageFrights hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and more for great Halloween inspiration... library and archives style.

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Clarke Hours

The Clarke is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for you to view our exhibit or to use our materials for your research. You can view a calendar of our hours (and the hours of the rest of the CMU Libraries units) via this CMU Libraries webpage.